Materials from the project, “Expanding tools in Addressing Barriers for Migrant Women to Participate in Democratic Life”
Citizens’ association “Atina,” together with the European network Women in Development WIDE+ and Oxfam Italia Intercultura, organized an event called: “1 Report Democracy Embraces Diversity Celebrating and Empowering Migrant Women’s Participationon Friday, October 20, 2023, at “Miljenko Dereta” space in Belgrade. This also marked the end of the working visit of the WIDE+ network representatives, who were in Belgrade and with “Atina“ during the week within the joint ERASMUS+ project “We Empower: Expanding Tools in Addressing Barriers for Migrant Women to Participate in Democratic Life.”
WE-EMPOWER Brussels Training Report that was held on 21 and 22 March 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. Representatives of project partners, experts, other feminist (migrant) associations and activists from the WIDE+ migration and gender working group, young mostly migrant volunteers, as well as Brussels-based organisations attended the training.
As part of our WE-EMPOWER project, together with partners, NGO Atina, Romanian Women’s Lobby, ADRI Association, KULU-Women and Development and Gabriela Germany, are excited to share with you our new resource, “A baseline study on the participation of migrant women in political and democratic life in Europe”.
This set of five study papers, and a series of factsheets, aims to shed light on the state of migrant women’s participation in political and democratic life in Europe. There are four papers covering this topic at a national level in Denmark, Germany, Serbia, and Italy, and one paper looking at the EU level. The research is based on desktop analysis (including national/Eurostat data) and surveys with specific stakeholders, including migrant women, experts, and decision-makers.
The papers are intended to provide the project partners with a clearer picture of the extent to which migrant women are represented in decision-making at different levels and develop strategies to overcome some of the challenges to participation. They can also be used to inform civil society representatives and decision-makers who are interested to enhance the participation of migrant women.
Download the papers and factsheets below:
Compiled report (in English and multiple languages): Briefing Papers for baseline studies on migrant women’s democratic participation in EU, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Serbia
Compiled factsheets (in English): Factsheets for baseline studies on migrant women’s democratic participation in EU, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Serbia
Individual factsheets (all in English):
Factsheet on the Participation of Migrant Women in Political and Democratic Life in Serbia
Factsheet on the Participation of Migrant Women in Political and Democratic Life in Denmark
Factsheet on the Participation of Migrant Women in Political and Democratic Life in Germany
Factsheet on the Participation of Migrant Women in Political and Democratic Life in Italy
Factsheet on the Participation of Migrant Women in Political and Democratic Life in Europe
Red Latinas also put together a report investigating the participation of migrants in Spain. The report is based on primary research which is a survey conducted with around 1400 respondents in Spain.
Click here to read the report in Spanish, and here for the report in English.
Summary WIDE+ led Erasmus+ project: “Expanding tools in Addressing Barrieres for Migrant Women to participate in Democratic Life”
This transnational collaboration aims to encourage and empower migrant women to participate in civic and democratic action in Europe. Migrant women are for us all women, including gender non-conforming persons, who displaced between countries, trafficked or who have moved from a third or European country to a destination in Europe. WIDE+ is leading a consortium for a project of 2,5 years with between women-led and migrant women-led organisations with a shared mission to protect the rights of migrant women rights. Currently 7 organisations are included in the consortium. The project commenced in April 2022.
The main project outcomes we are working towards are:
- A study on participation of migration women in democratic life in EU, Serbia, Denmark, Romania, Germany and Italy.
- A survey on participation of migration women in democratic life in Spain from a migrant women’s perspective.
- An online Tool and Resource kit on how to empower and encourage women to participate in democratic life in Europe.
- An online Treasure Box with 50 non-formal educational materials and messages to promote migrant’s women participation in democratic lif
To achieve these project results and to multiply them, the following activities will be held in addition:
-4 Project meetings and 3 international trainings on “media tools and strategic communication tailored to migrant women in Europe”, “Introducing the European Union and its policies relevant for migrant women”, “Participation of migrant women in democratic life through the community of practice with public institutions”, and “Empowering migrant women in democratic life from individual to collective action”, two in Belgium, one in Spain and one in Serbia. For a section of the organisations involved another international training will be held, organized by GADIP.
-Organisations will organize one or a series of multiplier events, of which 4 partners will hold face to face events and there are 5 online events. The partners will also set out to widely disseminate its study, survey, the toolkit and its treasures through it many migrant women members, member organisations and allies.